Ringve Botanical Gardens

Ringve Botanical Gardens in Trondheim are a place where you can enjoy the luxuriant flowers, experience a diversity of plants, bushes and trees, find inspiration for your own garden or simply relax.

The purposes of the gardens are to protect and further develop the collection of plants used for research and teaching, disseminate knowledge about the botanical diversity, and contribute to the protection of endangered species.

The gardens cover 32 acres and are wonderfully situated on a hilltop in the Lade peninsula, 2 miles east of Trondheim city centre. In the middle of the gardens you will find Ringve Estate with a history dating back to the 1600s. For several centuries, Ringve belonged to wealthy families in Trondheim, until Ringve Museum was established in 1952. Today, Ringve Museum is Norway's national museum for music and musical instruments.

Ringve Botanical Gardens were established as university gardens in 1973 and are part of the NTNU University Museum. The gardens are laid out as a classic university garden, where the various plant collections demonstrate different aspects within botany, such as plant geography, systematics, ethnobotany and the history of gardening.

With its botanical gardens and music history museum, Ringve is an important tourist attraction in Trondheim. The splendid location, the vast area and the numerous activities throughout the year also make Ringve an important recreational area for the city's population.

From the systematic section. Photo: Ane S. Guldahl.